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The Return of Chandu - Chapter 1


Published 1934


Bela Lugosi is "Chandu" an American raised in the east and possessed of White Magical powers. Chandu must protect an Egyptian princess from being sacrificed by the Black Magic cult of Ubasti to resurrect their long dead goddess.

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The Return of Chandu - Chapter 1
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 2
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 3
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 4
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 5
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 6
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 7
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 8
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 9
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 10
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 11
The Return of Chandu - Chapter 12


Run time 16.41
Producer Sol Lesser
Production Company Principal Pictures Corp
Audio/Visual sound, black and white

Reviews

Reviewer: blue1967 - - June 10, 2010
Subject: Enjoyable 30s serial
A little slow at times but this is still a very enjoyable serial from 1934. I disagree with the other reviewer, Maria Alba is one of the highlights of this serial. She is excellent and very beautiful as the Egyptian Princess. Another highlight are the underground cave sets in the second half of the serial. You don't have to be a Lugosi fan to enjoy this serial but if you prefer a super fast pace you might want to look elsewere.
Reviewer: picfixer - - January 31, 2010
Subject: Not So Magical
I'm a big fan of matinee serials and in particular, Bela Lugosi. So I dislike panning either, but as a follow up to the outstanding fantasy adventure "Chandu the Magician," this is a major disappointment. Contrary to one reviewer's comment about its high production values, they are only slightly above average, and this only applies to the last six chapters. Prior to then they're well below average for a major studio serial. (Don't be fooled by the constantly reused giant doors leftover from "King Kong.") The pacing is extremely uneven - at times painfully slow moving, then all the action is suddenly compressed into a confusing few seconds. As for filler, most of Chapter 10 consists of pointless flashbacks. Incredibly choppy film editing is about the worst I've seen. This all leads to a weak climax with effects that are pitiful by any standards. Serials aren't known for great acting, but most of this cast must have been talent agents' nightmares. A bad actor to begin with, Maria Alba with her thick Spanish accent is amazingly miscast as an exotic Egyptian princess. Friend Lugosi, who is truly great as the villain in "Chandu the Magician," here seems to be totally lost in trying to play a dashing romantic hero. Tie everything together with third-string direction, and all you have left is two stars worth of camp value. Sorry.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - December 7, 2008
Subject: A Good Serial
This is one of the best serials I've watched at IA. The plot and story are coherent throughout - a first. There are almost no meaningless scenes. Aside from a solid performance from Bela Lugosi, the acting is average for one of these. And Lugosi plays the hero! That's a first for me.

The production looked good too. The sets are believable. I think they used the Skull Island gates that contained King Kong in scenes on the mythical island Lemuria.

The serial follows form: each episode ends in some terrible danger; each begins with a recap for the previous episode. The recaps get longer and the story slows down In the later episodes. Chapter 10 not only recaps 9, but scenes from previous episodes. It got tedious; thank goodness for fast-forward!

I downloaded the MPEG-4 files. Overall, the video and audio are fine. Occasionally, the dialog was unintelligible due to drop-offs, noise, poor engineering, and missing frames. In chapter 4, the scene where the high priest wakes the princess repeats.
Reviewer: Jungle Jane - - August 21, 2008
Subject: Great show.
I loved this first chapter it has every thing you need in a good serial, a princess, a mystic, some hired thugs and an evil cult. A a good cliffhanger ending, how will Chandu avoid certain death? I can't wait to see the rest. Also the file played just fine for me all the way through, sounds like the earlier reviewer doesn't have the right codec installed in his player.
Reviewer: naaier - - August 15, 2008
Subject: file isn't bad
works for me
Reviewer: kutindebewilling - - July 23, 2008
Subject: File is bad
Please submit the first episode again - stops at 1'30".
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